Nature Notes

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2017

January: Misty mornings on the Mighty Miss

Reflecting the warm orange of the rising sun, an ethereal mist rises from the cold river.


February: A murder most fowl

Thousands of crows ... with thousands of facebook fans.


March: 'What’s it got in its pocketses?'

The plains pocket gopher.


April: DNR Eagle Cam provides a close-up view of eagle family life

Feeding time.


May: Unassuming little beetle's clever (gross?) 'shield defense'

Sumac flea beetle.


June: It's a sign! Giant stonefly found in downtown St. Paul

Stoneflies indicate good water quality.


July: 'Don't worry, I come in peace!' Meet the one-of-a-kind pelecinid wasp

This striking and unusual pollinator is sure to catch your eye.


August: It’s a bee! It’s a bird! It’s a … moth?

Sphinx moth enjoying a pollinator patch planted by FMR volunteers.


September: Beautiful berries 'ecological traps' for birds

These bright red and shiny berries offer no nutrition to hungry birds.

October: Fall is for the squirrels


Fall is often a frenzy of winter prep for these adaptable critters.

November: Let's talk turkeys


Wild turkeys are a familiar and colorful face at FMR restoration sites.


December: Snowshoeing grouse

Seasonally grown fringe on the sides of their feet help grouse stay aloft in winter.

2016

January: Midwestern winters bring owls together

While hard to see, there is indeed a second owl in this photo.


February: Knock, knock. It's the red-bellied woodpecker.

The drumming of the male red-bellied woodpecker resounds throughout the forest


March: Unpredictable weather, fuzzy eaglets and great horned owls

Dinner time for eaglets!


April: The mighty call of the... timberdoodle?!

TImberdoodle! Aka the woodcock.


May: Spring nighthawks: Acrobats of the bird world

Nighthawks whirl and swoop at sunset.


June: Dung beetles: Waste warriors!


July: Mini-mystery revealed — They're caterpillar houses.

Safe as caterpillar houses.


August: Blazing blooms

Arrowroot, one of many native species in FMR restoration areas.


September: Earthworms invade our forest floor


October: A writhing mass of … Indiangrass seed?

November: Dead man's fingers found at Pine Bend Bluffs


This funky fungus aids the decomposition process.

2015

January: Crystalline flakes of joy

Snowflake

 

February: Upcoming phenology workshops

Become a citizen scientist with the USA National Phenology Network

 

March: The Return of the Ancients

Sandhill cranes in flight

 

April: Hey, bud!

Elderberry bud

 

May: Serviceberry, a feathered-friend favorite

 

June: Ode to summer solstice

 

July: Goldenrod or ragweed?

 

August: Monarchs aren't the only milkweed dwellers preparing for flight

 

September: A window to phenology — Dishwashing & lacewings

 

October: The season of the traveling embryo

 

2014

January:— Irruption Disruption

February:— Venus

March:— Ice-out and lake turnover

April: — My mourning cloak

 

2013

January:— Yellow Snow

February:— Longer Days

March:— Spring Chorus

April:— Garters

May:— Ferns

June:— The twinkling lights of summer

July:— Berry cool

August:— Pollinators

September:— Springy Fall

October:— Winter for Cold Blooded Animals

November:— Winter birding

 

2012

January: — Turnaround time: River Rats report!

February: — A murderous congregated conglomeration

March:— Divebombing for love

April: — Early Spring

July: — Milkweed menagerie

August: — Sphinx moth

October:— Legends of the prairie fall

November:— Winter Dormancy

December:— Conifers

 

2011

January:— Birch Seeds

February:— Gray Foxes

March:— Temperatures and hormones on the rise

April:— Marsh Marigolds

June: Hungry Fledglings

July:— Minnesota's Lizards

August: Cicada killer wasp

September:— Alien nymph attack?!

October:— What do you C?

November:— The still life of the river

December:— Mighty Morsels

 

2010

January: Cracking trees

February:— Dancing dust? Anti-freeze protein?

March:— Heralds of spring

April:— Cold-blooded chorus

May:— Earthworms

June:— Herons

July:— Doing the Turkey Trod

August:— Lovely lotus

October:— Witch Hazel

September:— Indian Pipe

November: Swan song

December:— Evergreens

 

2009

January:— Chilly Toes

February:— Forget the Robin...

March:— Snow Mold

April:— Percussion Concussion

May:— Spring Warblers

June:— Prairie Flowers

July:— Painted Turtles

August:— The sky is falling!

September:— Cream Gentian

October: Trout Intimacies

November:— Elegant Departure

December: Winter Finches

 

2008

January:— Owls

February:— Winter Spiders

April: —Ticks

March:— Snakes

May:— Jack in the Pulpit

June:— Baby birds

July: Leadplant

August:— Dobsonfly

September:— Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth

October: Fall Colors

November:— Aye, There's the Rub

December:— River Ice Formation

 

2007

April: Tree Flowers

May:— Mayflies

June:— Antlions

July: Goldfinches

August:— Snowy Tree Crickets

September:— What mussels!

October:— Wooly Bears

November:— Green things

December: — Beautiful berries